It has been proven over and over again, by more studies than we can list, that music lessons for children help them achieve more success than their peers that do not get musical training. So why isn’t every kid taking music lessons? Why are music programs being eliminated in schools nationwide?
The most talked about benefit is that music lessons help children in school. Numerous studies show children who play an instrument, score higher on both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike. In IQ tests after a year of musical training, scores for the children learning music increased an additional 2.5 points, over children with the same schooling who were taking drama lessons instead.
Another often witnessed benefit of music instruction is increasing a child’s self-esteem. We all know learning to play an instrument is hard work and takes dedication. Not only does mastering a song increase a child’s self-esteem, but showcasing their newly learned talents at recitals can boost their self esteem as much as winning a game in a sports competition. Lessons also help kids to learn how to keep a positive outlook when facing difficult tasks.
I personally suggest guitar lessons. A guitar is extremely portable and a kid can practice and learn in all sorts of environments. We all want our kids to be popular, right? Lets face it, knowing how to play a guitar means that your child will always have a way to entertain and impress his friends, especially when he/she gets to be of High School age. Playing the guitar can be a real help in a teen’s social life, and it will give him/her the additional confidence that goes along with it.
Many music schools for children have been popping up ever since the Jack Black film School of Rock. This is great for everyone involved. One I have seen that looks phenomenal is Chicos School Of Rock in California. They are even in talks to introduce music lessons for kids right over the internet. What could be easier than that?
The bottom line is that we have to introduce our children to music and our love for it, at as early an age as possible. With all the benefits proven, how can we afford not too. I have a 1 year old at home and have been singing and making music with her since she could sit up. It is great fun for the both of us and a great bonding experience. We found a great show on Nick Jr. called Jack’s Big Music Show that I strongly recommend to anyone with kids. She loves it and it is actually not too bad to watch for an adult as well. Enjoy music—-with your kids.